In Focus: West Ham to launch Batshuayi move

According to ESPN FC, West Ham United are on the verge of submitting a loan offer for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.

What’s the story?

It is no secret that West Ham want to sign at least one new centre-forward this summer, with Andy Carroll consistently struggling with injuries, and the likes of Ashley Fletcher and Jonathan Calleri failing to make their mark with the London club.

Andre Ayew showed some impressive form towards the end of the 2016-17 campaign, but a new striker is a priority for the Hammers this summer.

West Ham’s link with Batshuayi, who is valued at £21m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is not exactly a fresh story, but according to ESPN FC, the team that play at the London Stadium are on the verge of submitting an official loan offer.

It is understood that Chelsea are reluctant to sell the Belgian international this summer, especially considering his end-of-season form, although the Premier League champions would be open to a loan move for the 23-year-old.

Would it be a good move?

The statistics show that Batshuayi only made one Premier League start for Chelsea during the 2016-17 campaign.

The striker has impressed in recent weeks, however, scoring the goal that secured the Premier League title against West Bromwich Albion, whilst he hit a late brace in Chelsea’s final league game of the campaign against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

Five goals in 20 Premier League appearances is how Batshuayi performed during Chelsea’s title-winning campaign, but when considering that he only played 239 minutes of league football, it was far from a poor first season in English football.

The 23-year-old will not be short of offers this summer, but he needs regular football. Batshuayi is the type of player – and indeed person – that feeds off the supporters, and he would have the chance to become a cult hero at the London Stadium.

He knows where the back of the net is having scored 23 times for Marseille during the 2015-16 campaign, and there have been some extremely positive signs in recent weeks.

Newcastle United have also been credited with an interest, but the chance to stay in London might well see West Ham win any race that might occur.